Meditation Mondays: Revelation 1:3: The Blessed Life
3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. (NKJV)
The one who reads, hears, and keeps the words of the prophecy of John is blessed. The combination of reading/hearing/keeping prevents passivity. Those who wholeheartedly embrace this Revelation of Jesus Christ are living the blessed life. The blessed life isn't what you think it is. The blessed life isn't what the so-called preachers on T.V. tell us about. The blessed life for John's readers is suffering as Christ suffered. The blessed life is having an eternal perspective on the circumstances of here and now. The blessed life is absolute surrender to God's will for your life. The blessed life is to suffer well for the cause of Christ Jesus.
What is it that we read/hear/keep? It is the very Word of God delivered to the Prophets and Apostles and given to us. Every jot and tittle reminds us of who God is for us in Christ Jesus. The Scriptures remind us of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it (Ephesians 1:14). The Scripture show us our sin and how to repent of it. The Scripture speaks clearly of our Triune God and how we can know and fellowship with Him. And the Scripture tells us that we will suffer because of our faith. In our passage today it is clear that John was preparing the seven churches for something big- a great and continued persecution. John says 'for the time is near'. And then he writes to exhort these believers to cling to the Lamb who was slain. And so must we cling to the Lamb. He alone is worthy of our absolute devotion and surrender. This is the blessed life.